Jeremy Corbyn Calls For Bin Strike Solution

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called on his party in Birmingham “to find a solution as soon as possible” to the ongoing refuse worker dispute in the city.

The workers have been on strike since 30th June following union rejections to the council’s plans for restructuring.

On Monday, John Clancy resigned as leader of Birmingham City Council following heavy criticism of his role in the matter.

“In the case of the Birmingham bin workers…we collectively as the Labour and trade union movement have a duty as a Labour movement to find a resolution to this dispute as soon as possible,” said Mr Corbyn.

“Please let’s get that done quickly.”

A full council meeting took place earlier this week, the first time Birmingham’s city councillors have been together since Mr Clancy stood down, where Ian Ward was named interim leader.

Cllr Ward told the cabinet he would bring an “understanding of governance and procedure” and a “very very good relationship with trade unions”.

On his predecessor, Mr Ward said “did not agree with the action that the former leader” took, and that the ongoing row was “a sorry affair and [had] not done the council or the city any credit.”

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